Set Point

I was speaking with one of my coaching clients the other day. He has a big bold vision that could make a difference on a global scale, but he is also aware of the habits that hold him back. That, of course, is why he is getting coached. Just when we had hit a particularly […]

The Neurochemistry of Flow

The following is an excerpt from my latest book, Radical Brilliance. Enjoy! As we move from states of awakening to states of flow, researchers suggest that we still see the secretion of serotonin, but now with increased secretion of dopamine, subjectively moving us from contentment to excitement. Dr. Fred Travis, the director of the Center for […]

The Brilliance of Living a Misfit Life

My latest book, Radical Brilliance, is the fruit of my lifelong experience of feeling like a misfit. I was born to very intellectual and also very neurotic parents in London in the 1950s. The world of my childhood was scattered everywhere with books. For my first birthday, when kids today might get a stuffed animal or […]

Why People Get Coached

When I wrote my most recent book, Radical Brilliance, I conducted more than 420 interviews with the most brilliant people I could find, alive on the planet today. I was looking for common themes which they shared: habits, traits, and mindsets that were a reliable predictor of brilliance. Not all brilliant people are incredibly healthy (most […]

Why We Practice

We just completed a Radical Brilliance Laboratory here in Nevada City (you can find out more about what that is on our events page). These one-week events are primarily about practice; there is very little lecturing, training, or question and answer time. We spend most of our time together practicing in all four quadrants of the Radical Brilliance cycle. […]

No Time for Hair or Make Up

With sirens blazing, and lights flashing, the fire truck screams through the thick, black night. On the other side of town, smoke has been reported billowing out of an upper floor apartment. Jim Acosta, Bert Adams, and Skip O’Reilly have been working together as a team for thirty years. They have rescued children, old people, […]

How To Make Mistakes

I have written nine books. Sometimes it felt like giving birth to cement blocks. I raised two boys, very nervously. I never thought I would pull that one off. I have been married for 16 years to my lovely wife Chameli and it keeps getting better. What a blessing. What a miracle. But all of […]

Not Crazy, Not Busy

My new book Radical Brilliance came out recently, and so I am doing interviews about it. Recently, a friend and colleague invited me to be a guest on her podcast. We talked directly on the phone together, not through my publicist. I looked at the calendar and said, “I’d love to do something in May: […]

Use the Right Tool

I was talking to a friend recently who shared with me that after many years of working on herself, she still felt cramped by the effect of childhood trauma. This is a woman who has practiced meditation for decades, who sat with some prominent spiritual teachers, who has done every kind of yoga and Chi […]

The Centrality of Practice

As a coach, I meet with my clients every one or two weeks. We talk together about the awe-inspiring difference they want to make to the world, and I ask them questions to bring forth their best ideas. My clients also have access to me as they need it. They’ve got an emergency hotline they […]

That Elusive Sense of Life Purpose

Frequently, in retreats and in one-on-one coaching, people tell me that they have the intuition of a great gift to share, a mission to fulfill in their lifetime, but they don’t know what it is. Could I please help? Someone faced with such a predicament is often hoping for a resolution. Either that I will […]

Addiction to Awakening

My latest book, Radical Brilliance, came out as a pre-publication edition in December 2017 and is now available as the fully-published version on Amazon as a paperback, Kindle, or Audible: so you can listen to my dulcet tones while in the gym or driving in your car. If you have not yet read the book […]

That Familiar Sinking Feeling

Recently I was in a coaching conversation with one of my clients. Usually I coach people using Zoom, as my coaching clients are all over the world. But this was a rare occasion when I could meet someone face-on-face. He is a very smart and interesting man: bright, well-educated, good-looking, funny, with deep insights: just […]

The Last Dance

Back in 1912, a solitary figure stands under the moonlight on the foredeck of the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner ever built. The RMS Titanic was thought to be so solid and invincible that life rafts were hardly needed. This solitary figure then sees, quite clearly, in the not too far off distance, a […]

Just Sitting

Here was a recent question about Radical Brilliance: ”If you had to pick one activity or practice, above all else, to enhance your brilliance what would it be?” I think if I could choose any one thing that makes the most difference, my choice would be: no thing. The practice I have found to bring forth […]